The Easiest 15-Minute Sweet and Salty Pretzel Snacks

Can't choose between sweet or salty pretzel snacks? Thanks to these ideas from Food Network Magazine, you don't have to!

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If you were to look inside your pantry or cupboard right now, chances are that you have a bag of pretzel twists or sticks sitting on one of your shelves. Salty, crunchy and oh-so-satisfying, pretzels make a great snack choice whether you're throwing a large gathering with all your friends or spending a quiet night at home on the couch. To take your store-bought pretzels to the next level give these delicious recipes from Food Network Magazine's latest issue a try. Packed full of sweet and salty flavor, they're just what you need when you're craving a snack with a little something extra.

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Garlic-Parmesan Pretzels (clockwise from top)

This super quick recipe takes everything you know and love about a freshly baked garlic knot — chunky bits of grated garlic and crumbly Parmesan cheese — and turns it into a crunchy grab-and-go munchy in minutes.

Everything is better when it's paired with a creamy dip, especially pretzel sticks! To make this tangy version, simply combine plain yogurt and pesto in a bowl and top with red pepper flakes. It's super easy to put together, plus you probably already have all the ingredients in your refrigerator.

Looking for a tasty way to jazz up a basic cheese plate or charcuterie board? These pretzel-crusted cheese balls are sure to do the trick! You'll use smoked gouda and fluffy cream cheese to make the inner filling and crushed pretzel twists and fiery paprika to create the crunchy outer coating.

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If you love cheesecake but find its rich and creamy texture to be a tad bit over the top for snack time, this light and airy cheesecake-inspired dip is sure to satisfy. You'll use a 1/2 cup of peanut butter to infuse it with a nuttiness that's so irresistible, you may as well double the batch.

In the mood for a midafternoon or midnight snack that's chocolaty, salty and sweet all in one? Then these cereal and pretzel clusters are for you! Crushed mini pretzels and rice cereal squares give them a nice bite, while melted semisweet chocolate finishes them off with a touch of decadence.

A 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon goes a really long way in this sugar-meets-spice snack recipe. Toast your pretzel snaps in the oven before covering them in the sugary coating to give them a toasty flavor similar to their soft-pretzel cousins.

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